Snowflake ballerinas paper craft
Making paper snowflakes is a fun paper craft that kids can’t get enough of. But what about turning those pretty snowflakes into ballet skirts for a company of colourful paper ballerinas? Once you start, you won’t stop until you have enough tiny dancers to stage Swan Lake.
What you need:
- 2 x A4 sheets of paper (per ballerina)
- ballerina template
Number of players:
- Trim one sheet of A4 paper into a square. The easy way to do this is to fold it on the diagonal so that two edges meet and then trim off the excess bit.
- Fold the square on the diagonal. Fold it on the diagonal again and then one more time.
- Now draw a curved line across the triangle’s base (see video) and trim it off so that your triangle has a curved lower edge. (You can use a CD to create a neat curve if you’re not confident eye-balling it.)
- Now make some cuts into all three sides of the triangle (see video).
- When you open it out, you should now have a pretty snowflake.
- Use the template to create a ballerina. Fold the other A4 sheet in half, lengthways, place the template on the fold and cut a mirror image that will be your ballerina.
- Now get the snowflake and fold it in half again. Make a small shallow cut in the centre, about 4cm in length (see video). This will be the skirt’s waistband where you will slide the ballerina through.
- Keeping the ballerina folded in half, slip her through the waistband hole you just cut so that she’s wearing the skirt.
- This activity was created by Penny Flanagan.
See how easy that was? Now you can make a whole company of ballerinas and thread them onto a string to create a garland.
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video and the ballerina template.